Success at the 25th Montane Grand Traverse from Crested Butte to Aspen
April 13, 2023
ASHINGTON, England. (April 13th, 2023) /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The 25th Montane Grand Traverse point-to-point ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, CO concluded las week after seeing heavy snowfall and weather in the build up to the event. Despite the tenuous weather, the race kept its course and went through to Aspen with over 200 teams turning out to test their endurance in the Elk Mountains.
The Grand Traverse carries a heritage of camaraderie and a “bucket list” Rocky Mountain challenge for so many in the ski mountaineering community. Spanning 40 miles of high alpine terrain, the race sees participants starting in Crested Butte before descending into Aspen, on a challenging journey that climbs over 6,800 vertical feet crossing the Elk Mountain range. To ensure competitor safety, racers must have a partner, carry mandatory gear, and begin the race at midnight when avalanche hazard is decreased.
The male category saw Logan Greydanus and Adam Loomis, both members of the US skimo team, emerge victorious with a time of 6 hours 45 minutes, over 50 minutes ahead of Jon Brown and Jacob Dewey in second place with a time of 7 hours 36 minutes.
The female category was won by Kristin Layne of the US ski mo team, and Stevie Kremer, who attended the world trail running championships, with a time of 8 hours 20 minutes. Lindsay Plant and Camilla Locker claimed second place, crossing the line 1 hour 20 minutes later with a time of 9 hours 40 minutes.
The Co-Ed category saw the team of Brad LaRochelle and Nikki LaRochelle, both members of the US skimo team, claim the crown with a time of 7 hours 58 minutes, over 2 hours and 20 minutes ahead of Emma Wood and Sam Wood in second place with a time of 10 hours 23 minutes.
Speaking on the event, #TeamMontane athlete, Brandon Johanns, commented: “The event saw beautiful, warm weather with good visibility, and despite my headlamp dying we made it out alive and thriving. Both my teammate and I wore the Montane Phase Nano, which provided ample protection from any wind and snow, with the sunshine meaning that I even unzipped it at times!”
“After the huge success of The Grand Traverse in 2022, in what was Montane’s first year sponsoring this iconic event, we knew this year’s event would be no different,” says Montane’s Marketing Executive, International Lead, Charlotte Guinan. “This event is the ultimate in point-to-point competitions, with the skimo format really testing participants to their limit across two hugely intense days in challenging conditions. This is what makes it such an exciting race to be involved in, and, following on from the recent success of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra and Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra, is a race that Montane is delighted to be associated with, as we continue to encourage adventurers to journey into the unknown, to feel truly alive.”
In 2015, The Grand Traverse expanded its race offering to include a mountain run and a biking race. The three events now form a tri-race series, creating ‘The Grand Traverse Triple Crown’, Colorado’s preeminent multi-sport, multi-season endurance challenge, of which Montane is the headline sponsor for each. The tri-race can be completed as individual events or as part of the wider Triple Crown series.
More information on the Montane Grand Traverse can be Found here
Pushing the limits of endurance and versatility for 30 years, the British outdoor performance specialist, Montane, engineers innovative, lightweight, breathable clothing, and equipment of uncompromised quality for multi-activity adventures, mountain activities and extreme environments.
The drive to find, see and do more in the outdoors has driven Montane to evolve for efficiency through a simplified ‘less is more’ approach. The brand works closely with serious mountain professionals, leading adventurers, and top-performance athletes to be at the forefront of developing a clothing range that allows people to be immersed in nature, no matter the environment. Montane uses its unrivalled expertise to create a collection of reliable and versatile running, walking, and mountaineering clothing allowing its wearer to go FURTHER. FASTER in the outdoors.
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Photo credit: Eric Phillips